Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked if our pet listings or our website are up to date. Yes! We manage the website very frequently. And even better, our pet listings are linked to our internal system: when an animal is adopted/goes up for adoption they are taken off/put on the website automatically!
We're glad you asked! We work hard to make sure that each animal who leaves our care is healthy, and that any medical conditions are disclosed prior to adoption.
1-year rabies vaccination (6 months & older)
Kennel cough vaccination
Topical flea/tick treatment
1-year rabies vaccination (3 months and older)
Feline Leukemia test
Topical flea/tick treatment
Spay/neuter (only rabbits)
We often have other small companion animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, guinea pigs, parakeets, doves and cockatiels available for adoption. We do not offer exotic animals. To see a complete list of animals that are currently available for adoption, please check here!
Spaying and neutering is the single most immediate and direct thing we can do to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless pets that we care for, so you'll understand that we make absolutely sure that all our animals are spayed or neutered before leaving for their new homes. Even if the pet you fall in love with isn't fixed when you meet at the shelter, they will need to stay with us until they can have that surgery performed by one of our veterinarians. Wait time is typically no longer than a few days.
These are our favorite moments: when a lost pet is reunited with their owner!
If we have your lost pet, please stop by during normal business hours with your State ID or Driver's License, and proof of ownership such as vet records, photos, etc.
The Bangor Humane Society charges a fee of $15 per day that your animal spends with us, this is to help cover the cost of food, water, and care provided to your animal while they have been with us. Different cities and towns will also charge a fee that is pre-determined at the beginning of each year. The fee is charged by the contracting cities and towns, and the money is not kept by BHS.
For more information on which shelter or holding facility contracts with which town, check out the government website here: maine.gov.
In accordance to the laws of the State of Maine, we hold stray dogs for 7 business days and stray cats for 2 business days. If an owner does not arrive to reclaim their animal during that time, the next step is to evaluate the animal for temperament and health before being placed for adoption.
We don't charge a specific fee when you need to make the difficult decision to surrender your pet. However we do ask that you leave a donation to help go towards their medical care, food, toys, etc. Donations left durring the surrender proccess average at about $25 per animal.
If you have made the heart-wrenching decision that your pet must be put to sleep, your veterinarian is the very best person to do it. We do not offer this service to the public.
Yes, we can cremate your pet but are not able to return the ashes to you. The fee is $35.
The Bangor Humane Society works hard every day to make sure we are giving every animal that comes through our doors a fair chance at finding a perfect match. We do not euthanize animals because they have been with us too long, or if we have too many. We only consider euthanasia as an option if an animal is unpredictable and could be threat to people, other animals, or themselves in a home environment. We work hard with our veterinary partners to provide the best medical care possible to animals in our facility; if there is nothing that a veterinarian can do to make an animal comfortable and that animal no longer has a quality of life, then we will consider euthanasia in this instance as well.